Antivirus Plus Comes “Plus” Spyware
There exists an Internet threat called Rogue Security Tools. These are programs that pretend to be part of a security suite, either antivirus or anti-spyware, in order to scam people out of money. They act like some Internet version of Superman—like they’ve been watching you, waiting to come to your rescue if you get infected. This isn’t what’s really happening.
What really happens is that you have been infected with a bundle of spyware with a sales page. You either clicked a button on an infected Web page, or downloaded some infected material.
First, the pop-up window tells you that you have a ginormous number of virus infections. Let’s keep this in perspective. One or two viruses will seriously hurt a computer’s performance. If you really had hundreds of viruses, you would not be able to see this message. At most, you would get the Windows “Blue Screen of Doom.”
Now that it thinks it has you scared, it will redirect your browser to its sales page and tell you that if you buy the full version, you can fix your problems. Of course, that’s the last thing you want to do. All you will get is the framework of an antivirus program that may or may not have a few definitions.
If you give up your credit card information, you’re inviting more trouble than a mere spyware infection. It may be more, much more than $50 you will lose in this. It may be your bank account, your credit score, your identity.
Where can you get these corrupt tools? From infected websites and downloads. The websites are usually adult oriented, but they’re not limited to “Over 18” sites. As long as there is some kind of interaction with a page, such as a download button or a link to another site, there is a chance of infection. All corrupt tools also have one or several home pages that are also infected.
The downloads are often on peer to peer communities and pirated material. If you download a movie, CD or program for free, you are at risk. Not only are you at risk from Internet parasites, but also from the FBI. Internet piracy is illegal.
It’s unfortunate that knowledge such as this can’t prevent these infections. Once you see any part of what I just described, it’s too late. However, hopefully I can prevent you from losing your money and more on these frauds.
The only way to prevent infection is to have a good anti-spyware program to keep you protected. Also, with corrupt security tools, an antivirus program won’t help. They’re loaded with spyware, not viruses.
To this end, I recommend my program, ZookaWare PC Cleaner. We keep on top of the developments in spyware with our scanning robot. It constantly scans the Internet, looking for new spyware definitions. These are found immediately on their release.
Within minutes of a spyware’s release, we have already processed it, created a fix and sent you the fix. It really does go that fast. Once or twice weekly updates just aren’t enough to maintain a 100% removal guarantee. That’s why we’re the only ones who can claim it.